One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A scene of uproar and confusion.‘he appeared at the bear garden of a conference’
- ‘This year's Labour conference will be a walkover rather than a bear pit.’
- ‘So how on earth does she manage to drag herself into the comedy bear pit?’
- ‘Over the years, I have watched ‘New’ Labour whizzkids turn conference from a passionate bear pit, which party leaders sometimes ignored at their peril, to an impotent parade of the on message.’
- ‘Amongst the many attractions were the variety of trees, shrubs and flowers, a bear pit, a maze, tea gardens and a variety of different entertainment.’
- ‘Radio 4's breakfast news has been a national institution since it started on the Home Service in 1957, although it has not always been the bear pit that Humphrys now presides over.’
- ‘Instead, as well as degenerating into a bear pit Westminster would have been proud of, the event once again exposed the MSPs’ paucity of serious economic analysis.’
- ‘This, however, is not the familiar ritual of the Commons bear pit.’
- ‘But on Friday, during the debate on the dreadful events in New York, the bear pit of partisanship was instantly transformed into a sounding board of sombre national unity.’
- ‘IT'S a question I get asked, on average, twice a week: what on earth possessed a budding young wine merchant to leave the sophisticated world of St James Street, London, for the stress-riddled bear pit of a Scottish newspaper?’
- ‘So being in the bear pit isn't exactly virgin territory to this man.’
- ‘I mention that many people would rather gnaw off their own child benefit entitlement than get up on stage in front of an audience, but for Rich the bear pit at Late 'n' Live hath no fury like a family scorned.’
- ‘We will next week see less of a British party conference and more like a US-style Blackpool caucus - a bear pit where candidates will be heckled and sized up by constituency chairman who will report their thoughts back to party members.’
- ‘It is his first time and for those that don't know it is feared by most comedians as it is a bear pit of a comedy club.’
- ‘Of all the problems predicted for Rangers in Galatasaray's hostile bear pit, defenders falling asleep at crucial moments was not among them.’
- ‘Little else can be expected when Hibs’ put their eight-game unbeaten run on the line in the first Edinburgh league derby of the season at the Tynecastle bear pit.’
- ‘Worsley had already suffered extreme conditions earlier in the tournament, when he and Wasps went to Perpignan and won a thumping victory in the bear pit that is the Stade Aime Giral.’
- ‘‘It's not that every gig is a bear pit,’ says Wool, ‘but sometimes if you are getting people coming out to comedy for the first time, then most likely it is going to be at a Jongleurs gig.’’
- ‘A chamber that normally is a bear pit of partisan emotions was united in shock and sorrow.’
- ‘One told me it was no use doing yoga and meditation if you threw the employees back into a bullying bear pit on the workplace floor.’
- ‘Because it was beyond the control of the authorities in the City of London, the region attracted radicals, religious dissidents, prisons, brothels, and bear pits.’
Late 16th century: bear from bear. The original sense was ‘a place set apart for bear-baiting’; bear gardens were often used for other rough sports, hence the figurative meaning.
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